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Meet the Model With Down Syndrome Shaking up the Fashion Industry

Madeline Stuart busts stereotypes, breaks boundaries, and is poised to become a major force in the modeling industry.

Most models are mass-produced, standard-issue humans with standard-issue body types, wrapped in cheap cultural packaging. So it’s particularly exciting to watch beautiful models like Madeline Stuart, a young woman with Down Syndrome, meet actual, real success. Just last week, Stuart, an 18-year-old woman from Australia, landed not one, but two, major modeling contracts. The Internet responded with applause.

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Inspiring Swimsuit Line Refuses to Photoshop Its Plus-Sized Model

Denise Bidot is the face of a new campaign that emphasizes—not erases—women’s beauty.

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In recent years, plus-size models have made considerable headway in the fashion world. But despite all their progress, so many of these models are heavily retouched before their pictures hit the page. Cellulite erased, body hair removed. That’s why Swimsuits For All decided to partner up with plus-size model Denise Bidot to create their own swimsuit campaign—without ever photoshopping her body.

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Meet the Supermodel Who's Changing Education for Congolese Girls

Not just another pretty face: Half Congolese, half Cypriot model Noella Coursaris is using her celebrity to bankroll schools.

Still think supermodels only strut Bryant Park catwalks and puff cigarettes on the Lower East Side? Half Congolese, half Cypriot model Noella Coursaris is bucking the "nothing but a pretty face" stereotype. She's using her celebrity platform to make positive social change by bankrolling schools for girls living in poverty in the Congo and working to educate the public about sexual violence against the country's women.

Her nonprofit organization, the Georges Malaika Foundation, focuses on "unlocking the potential of young African girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo through education." Coursaris recently sat down with CNN to talk about why she's so focused on education for women and girls.

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